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FM Motegi eyeing U.S. visit in late April  

Yomiuri wrote it has learned from multiple GOJ sources that arrangements are being made for Foreign Minister Motegi to visit the United States in late April for talks with his U.S. and South Korean counterparts. The paper wrote that this will be the first trilateral foreign ministerial to be held by the United States, Japan, and South Korea since February 2020 and that the foreign ministers are expected to discuss North Korea’s nuclear and missiles programs. The paper wrote that Motegi is planning to hold a bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Blinken on the sidelines, but it remains to be seen whether he will hold a bilateral meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong. According to the paper, National Security Secretariat Secretary-General Kitamura is planning to visit Washington as early as this week for talks with National Security Advisor Sullivan and their ROK counterpart Suh Hoon. Mainichi ran a similar report noting that Secretary Blinken took the initiative in arranging trilateral vice-ministerial talks as deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration.  

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